Monday, July 29, 2013

What to Wear: Interviewing at Marketing Agencies

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was good, though I mostly watched my husband and his friend work really hard on our bathroom renovation.

I don't have time for much of a post today, but wanted to share a quick set of outfits that I put together to address a pretty specific situation - interviewing at marketing agencies, and other creative companies.

I've worked in client service at agencies for over 8 years now, and it's definitely not a conservative environment.  On any given day in my office, you may see someone in shorts, various dogs, and definitely not many (if any) people wearing business attire.  And since interviewing is mostly about proving that you will fit in, showing up dressed like a boring banker suggests that you don't really understand the industry.

So, if you're looking to make the switch to a more creative environment, here are a few ideas that will still suggest that you take things seriously, but are unique enough to convey some taste and personality.

interviewing at agencies

EAST silk blouse
$65 - houseoffraser.co.uk
Topshop
topshop.com
Mango jacket
mango.com
Yves saint laurent
mytheresa.com
L K Bennett l k bennett
$92 - johnlewis.com
Clare vivier
seevivier.com
Kate spade jewelry
nordstrom.com
Kenneth jay lane
shopbop.com
Warby parker
warbyparker.com

Generally, I like the concept of a suit but not necessarily a traditional set.  That's why I tend to layer a jacket over a dress, or substitute a pattern for a basic white shirt.  I also like wearing at least one unique piece of jewelry that's not too crazy (or noisy!) but interesting.  Basically, you should look put together but with an edge.  

However, if the HR person tells you to dress (business) casually, you need to do it.  It's pretty awkward to sit down in front of a person wearing a suit when you are wearing shorts.  I have seen it happen, and then people wondered why that guy didn't listen to the recruiter.

Good luck!

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